Definition of robusta in English:

robusta

Syllabification: ro·bus·ta
Pronunciation: /rōˈbəstə
 
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noun

  • 1Coffee or coffee beans from a widely grown kind of coffee plant. Beans of this variety are often used in the manufacture of instant coffee.
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    • There are two general types of coffee beans, arabica and robusta, which yield two very different beans.
    • Most of this coffee is not the higher grade arabica bean sold to connoisseurs, but the lower-grade robusta that ends up in instant coffee or in cheap blends sold in supermarkets.
    • Arabica has historically been prized for its mild, rich taste, whereas robusta tends to be much harsher.
  • 2The tropical West African bush of the bedstraw family that produces these beans.
    • Coffea canephora (formerly robusta), family Rubiaceae
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    • Only two Coffea species are widely cultivated: Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora, known in the trade as robusta.
    • Other species are C. robusta, now reclassified as C. canephora, and a couple of minor ones suited to the climate of W. Africa.

Origin

early 20th century: modern Latin, feminine of Latin robustus 'robust'.

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